New York City's 24-hour cable news channel, NY1 News, has purchased and installed two Avid Unity LANshare EX for News systems at the center of its workflow. The systems will deliver an end-to-end digital workflow solution that facilitates news production at its hub station in Manhattan and bureau locations in Staten Island and Bergen County. All three locations will have access to shared-storage solutions for seamlessly exchanging media. This file-based workflow from Avid will enable the NY1 news team to work more efficiently when preparing elements for the bureau news rundowns.
NY1's digital workflow also includes Avid NewsCutter XP workstations for editing, Avid MediaManager for asset management and browse/logging, TransferManager for moving media from one network location to another, and Avid's new AirSpeed video server for multiple channels of playout. In addition, the new environment integrates systems from OmniBus, the AP and Panasonic.
The integration of Avid's storage and editing solutions with other vendors has made it possible to create automated local insertion segments of exclusive programming in different Time Warner Cable zones in the New York City area. NY1 uses OmniBus' Columbus for master control automation in conjunction with the Airspeed video servers for playout control. In addition, the Avid NewsCutter XP systems support AP's ENPS newsroom automation system, enabling editors to view ENPS rundowns and scripts directly within the NewsCutter interface.
NY1 is also converting its entire operation to the new Panasonic P2 tapeless video format, which Avid editing solutions will support in the first quarter of this year. This will allow new and current users of Avid editing systems to read and edit directly from the P2 card as native storage, assembling, trimming, editing and adding effects to the video without having to first transfer the files into the editing systems or a storage device.